Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: Laneige Snow Crystal Melting Glossy Lipstick in Floral Pink (SR 212)

I am very excited to share to you my thoughts on my very first Korean makeup! I never thought I'll get to try one of the more expensive brands when it comes to Korean cosmetics. I was planning to try the ones from Etude House and Tony Moly but I am never lucky because the items I am meaning to get are always out of stock. Anyways, thanks to the Laneige workshop that I attended (read my post about the event HERE) because I received a loot that had the Laneige Snow Crystal Melting Glossy Lipstick in Floral Pink inside. It's in full size, by the way!



I immediately got intimidated by the price tag pasted on its box. It says Php950.00, too expensive for a budget-conscious makeup enthusiast like me. But I also then thought that if I'll end up liking it, I will definitely save money for me to get more shades of it.



Ms. Marge of Kikay Trekkie also has this lipstick but of different shade. She said it's soothing and actually good. It was then I realized I have to try it since I am battling with serious case of worst lip condition. This is what it looks like on me, no primer, lipbalm or whatsoever put prior it.



Soothing? YES! Moisturizing? YES! YES! 

What I LIKE about it:
  • The packaging looks elegant. -- It may not be as fancy-looking like others but it looks chic and elegant!
  • Very moisturizing!
  • Smells like a candy
  • Does not taste like plastic
  • Glides on smoothly
  • The gloss is not overwhelming
  • Not sticky
  • Very natural-looking! -- I love how it looks on me! :)
  • I had no allergic reactions or whatever.
  • Available in the Philippines! :)

What I DON'T LIKE about it:
  • I find it too expensive for a lipstick
  • Does not last long on me
  • Too soft that it tends to melt easily
  • I cannot understand what is written on the box, everything is in Korean!
  • Others may not like the sheer pigmentation

Will I repurchase?
NO! I find it expensive for a lipstick. I might try the lipsticks from EH or Tony Moly, though.


Notes:
  1. Always keep it in a cool, dry place because it has the tendency to melt easily.
  2. If you're not a fan of sheer lipsticks, try other shades available.

Check out www.laneige.com for more information about Laneige and its products! :)


This lipstick did good except that I find it too expensive for a lipstick. Nevertheless, I am loving Laneige especially its BB cream! I hope to get one in full size soon. :)


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fashion Rev Manila l November 19 and 20, 2011


I hope to see you all there! :)



Saturday, October 29, 2011

Look: Beyonce's Countdown Music Video Inspired Makeup

I am usually hesitant in stepping out of my comfort zone. When it comes to makeup, I am more comfortable wearing neutrals and dark smokey eyes. I am not into cut crease and colorful eye makeup that much but I really do appreciate it. But lately, I got into thinking why should I be hesitant if I know I can stand proud wearing a very bold makeup? Basically, that was the reason why I did this Beyonce's Countdown Music Video Inspired Makeup Look. I actually wore this look out to run some errands and as expected I received those what-is-wrong-with-you stares. I was like in the, "Stare all you want! Do you want me to do this look on you?" attitude so I didn't mind them at all. 
Fake fringes = FAIL!
Let's get started!

I filmed this look but hated it, so it went to the trash bin. You'll definitely notice that I made the look a bit wearable. I toned down all the components of the look, from the cut crease to the liner!

1.  Apply foundation and conceal imperfections. -- Since I was after the Beyonce look, I set my foundation with a dark powder.
2. Lightly redefine eyebrows. -- Notice how I just shaded my natural eyebrows?
3. Apply eyeshadow primer and blend. -- Primers will make the eyeshadow appear more vibrant.

4. Draw in your crease and the shape of the eye makeup with a white eyeliner .

5. Fill in the shape with the same white eyeliner. -- A white base will intensify the color of the eyeshadow.

6. Pat on a yellow gold eyeshadow all over the white base. -- Stay inside the shape!

7. With a smaller brush, put eyeshadow on the inner corners of the eyes and create a little flick on the outer part.

8. Follow the shape of the crease with a dark brown eyeshadow. Blend lightly.

9. With a lighter brown eyeshadow, fade the crease color away. -- This will also help in making a smooth transition from the highlight down to the crease color.

10. Draw the wing of the eyeliner using a black eyeshadow. -- It will be easier to erase this way in case you mess up.

11. Trace it over with a black gel liner. -- Line the lower lash line too, going about 2/3 of the way in.
12. Create a second wing on top of the first wing.

13. Line the waterline with a white eyeliner and highlight the browbones.

14. Curl lashes, apply mascara and put on false eyelashes (optional!)

15. Apply a bronzer all over the cheeks and a pink lipgloss on the lips. 


And you're done! 

Go ahead and be Beyonce for a day! :) This look is perfect for Halloween parties in case you want don't want to look scary and terrifying. Just wear that big hat and you're good to go!

PRODUCTS USED:
Face
Ever Bilena Pro Flawless Finish Foundation in Golden
Ever Bilena Mousse Concealer in Pure Beige
Sally Hansen Pressed Powder
ELF Bronzer

Eyes
ELF Eyebrow Kit in Dark
Fashion 21 White Eyeliner
LuLu Makeup Arabian Palette
Fanny Serrano Gel Liner
Maybelline Volum' Express Hypercurl Mascara

Lips
ELF Luscious Lipstick in Baby Lips

More inspired looks soon! :)








I will try to make tutorial videos tomorrow and I hope that it'll turn out pretty well. If not, I might scrap the idea of getting into YouTube. I'll remake the look I wore on Philippine Fashion Week. :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Koh Gen Do is now here in the Philippines!

Beauty Bar, Stores Specialists, Inc has brought here in the Philippines Koh Gen Do, one of  Hollywood's most credited professional, high-definition makeup. To be credited in over 200 Hollywood movies, Koh Gen Do got its permanent seat in the heart of many makeup artists and actors. 


I was invited to the launch of Koh Gen Do at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel last Wednesday, October 26, 2011. I didn't know about the brand before the launch came,so it was a good thing that their Chief Makeup Artist, Morimitsu Miyamoto, introduced and demonstrated some of the famous Koh Gen Do products. 


Koh Gen Do is famous in the Hollywood for its high-definition makeup which makes actors skin look flawless on screen with the benefits of a skin care. I was totally amazed on how the model's face turned flawless without looking overdone.




KOH GEN DO: MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP
Koh Gen Do started with an actress concerned about her stressed skin. Twenty five (25) years ago, Ai Saotome created a skincare collection based on traditional Asian botanicals and homeopathy. Envisioned to rest and restore skin, Koh Gen Do was designed to stimulate and support skin's naturally restorative functions. In their search for natural skin protection, their line blossomed into an innovative skincare lime. and eventually became a collection of high-performance makeup.
Guided by an experienced skincare therapist who integrated her profound understanding of human skin with herbal medicinal techniques, Koh Gen Do's products use plant extracts and other ingredients from nature whose safety has been proven throughout history to create cosmetics products. Their special formulation does not make use of artificial fragrances, petroleum-based mineral oil or synthetic pigments.

Some of Koh Gen Do's skincare-based makeup collection includes:

Color Base Primer
Moisture Foundation
Aqua Foundation


Face Powder
Natural Lighting Powder
Lipstick
Triple Lighting Foundation
Fresh Face Blush
Their Spa line includes:

Organic Cotton
All In One Moisture Gel
Cleansing Cloth
Cleansing Water


Read more about Koh Gen Do at www.kohgendocosmetics.com!


Each of the attendees was given a loot which includes Koh Gen Do's famous products from their makeup and spa line.



I am really excited to try these out, especially the cleansing water and the concealer! :)

Thank you, Beauty Bar for the chance to be part of Koh Gen Do's launch! I hope to attend more of your events!
Thank you, Thei! :) Hugs! Next time ulit ha? :)


It may be a little pricey but to tell you, Koh Gen Do is worth it. I have seen its goodness with my own eyes! Believe me, it's really good! 


Visit Beauty Bar and check out Koh Gen Do!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer

In the middle of all events, concerts, and shows, the least I want to do is to retouch my makeup. How many times did I say in this blog that I am not the kind who is often seen holding a mirror checking up on what has and has not happened on my face? I did maybe a million times plus one. Also, I have expressed my interests in whatever product that promises to stay put all day/night long and/or helps other makeup stay on my face long enough until I decided to wash it off. I haven't met the one that's why I keep on searching. My recent find is the ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer.



Making the foundation stay on my face longer  than usual is not a problem for me. My face is too dry that a foundation tends to cake rather than slide off. I am aware that most primers claim not just to make makeup last longer but to also help creating a smooth canvas prior to makeup application and lessens the possible chances of caking. With that being laid, the primer is sold. Who wouldn't love it, by the way?

This face primer was sent by my ever dearest Papa (read HERE). I asked for it, honestly, because I heard and read good reviews of it. Here I am, confirming/denying the claims. 


A pea-size amount is enough for my whole face. I love that it is clear and does not leave a film of color on my skin. Somehow oily when applied but I swear by its claim that it makes the skin feel smooth after which makes foundation application so easy.



ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer:
Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer.
Developed to combat excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines to result in a natural and youthful looking radiance.
This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a lasting satin finish.
Application: Apply to clean skin prior to makeup application. Use a small amount and blend evenly over the face for a smooth and flawless base.


What I LIKE about it:

  • Affordable -- I got this for free courtesy of my Papa ($6) but I know it's sold here in the Philippines for about Php400.00 each.
  • Elegant packaging
  • Applies on smoothly
  • Makes my face smooth for makeup application -- Especially around the eye area.
  • Helps my makeup stay in place the whole day -- YES!
  • A little amount goes a long way -- A pea-size amount is enough for my entire face.
  • Lessens the cakey appearance or dryness of makeup on my face
  • No pungent smell
  • Does not break me out
  • Available locally in some ELF counters

What I DON'T LIKE about it:
  • Feels oily/greasy upon application
  • Only has 14g of product

Will I repurchase?
YES! But I hope Papa will send me a back-up! :)


Notes:
  1. I apply the primer about 5 minutes before I put on foundation to let it sit on my face and give it enough time to dry.
  2. The pea-size amount is enough to cover the most important part of my face, the T-zone, where caking and sliding off usually happens.
  3. I prefer to use my clean hands when applying the product onto my face.


I have tested this baby when I attended the Philippine Fashion Week Day 2. I tell you, I did not retouch my foundation nor powder my face. Even the makeup (concealer) on the driest part of my face, the undereye area, did not cake. I am loving this primer! :)